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WCF steps up Curling World Cup plans with North American hosting deal

The US city of Omaha has been awarded hosting rights for the North American leg of the new Curling World Cup series.

Omaha will stage the second stop in the four-leg series from December 5-9. The series is organised by the World Curling Federation (WCF), which signed the hosting deal with the United States Curling Association and the Omaha Sports Commission.

The event will be held at the 4,000-seat Ralston Arena, which becomes the first host venue to be announced for the World Cup.

The WCF said that as part of the deal, Omaha and the United States Curling Association will be guaranteed a place on the World Cup schedule for the first four years of the tournament.

WCF president Kate Caithness added: “Following the United States’ men’s gold medal success at the Olympic winter Games, and with a fast-growing interest in our sport from people new to curling in the United States, having Omaha host a leg of our Curling World Cup is a significant step for the series.

“The World Curling Federation is pleased to reach this milestone and over the coming months looks forward to working with the organising committee to ensure an impressive event in December.”

The remaining host venues for the World Cup are expected to be announced shortly. Before Omaha hosts in December, China is due to stage a leg from September 10-16. The European leg will be held from January 28 to February 3, 2019, before Beijing hosts the series finale from May 6-12.

The World Cup will replace the World Series of Curling. Each stage will include women’s, men’s and mixed doubles tournaments, with eight member associations to compete.